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George Michael to stage special AIDS gig

June 24, 2011 - London

It has emerged that George Michael would be performing for Sir Elton John's AIDS foundation at the London's Royal Opera House.

The charity show on November 6, which is part of the singer's European Symphonica orchestral tour, would benefit the charity's newly created Elizabeth Taylor Memorial Fund.

"I really wanted to honour the inspiring efforts made by the actress in raising awareness of the disease," the BBC quoted Michael as saying.

"I have seen how HIV can affect people's lives, how it can destroy families and communities.

"The way that the Elton John Aids Foundation gets help to the people around the world who need it most - often the most marginalised communities - really spurred me on to do something," he said.

Sir Elton, who duetted with Michael on the 1991 hit 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me', also appreciated the singer for his kindness.

"This is an incredible and generous gesture. His is an amazing talent, and this is a fantastic gift he is making to people affected by HIV," he said.


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